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Welcome to SAPR Source!

SAPR Source is an authoritative, one-stop shop for SARCs, SAPR VAs, and other SAPR professionals to access timely updates on victim assistance and prevention efforts, activities and events, tools and guidance, and important program and policy updates. SAPR Source is updated monthly or as-needed with key information and resources.

Be sure to bookmark this page and check back often for updates!

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    What’s New?

    • Reminder! D-SAACP Deadline Coming Up: Don’t forget to submit your renewal applications by January 31st. Visit NOVA’s website to learn more!

    • New! Two Sexual Assault Fact Sheets: SAPRO is changing the way it talks about common sexual assault “myths”. Research has shown that mentioning a myth does more to reinforce it as true than debunk it as false. As a best practice, SAPR personnel should stick to Just the Facts. View our refreshed Just the Facts Information Paper here and Facts about Sexual Assault Perpetrated Against Men here.

    • Shout Out to the Services!: RADM Burkhardt and the SAPRO Assessment Team would like to thank all of the SAPR Personnel who work to input data into the Defense Sexual Assault Incident Database (DSAID). SAPRO saw the highest quality of FY17 Annual Report data in the history of DSAID thanks to the Services’ attention to detail.

    • Request a Strengthening Military-Civilian Community Partnerships Training: SAPRO collaborates with U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) to provide local, interactive, 1-day training events for the civilian and military community. This is an opportunity for the military and civilian victim communities to learn about each other’s SAPR efforts. For more information on how to request a training, navigate to OVC’s webpage here and check out OVC’s flyer here. Check back for 2018 dates!

        2018 Dates
      • 3 APR: Salem, OR
      • 8 MAY: JBLM
      • 30 MAY: Kitsap Naval Base, WA
      • 16 MAY: Mansfield, OH
    • New! - Know Your Rights, Know Your Options Slick Sheet:Do you need more tools to help at initial intake with survivors? DoD SAPRO developed the Know Your Rights, Know Your Options slick sheet to give survivors more information about their legal rights and policy protections. SARCs and SAPR VAs can share this tool at any time throughout the reporting process to shed more light on the way forward or highlight certain protections.

    • Now Available - Self-Serve Ethics Presentation:You asked and we heard! DoD SAPRO added an ethics presentation specific to victim advocacy to the “Tools and Resources” tab. SARCs can use this resource to train SAPR personnel on important ethics considerations. This presentation was given by our Senior Victim Assistance Advisor at USARPAC this summer and has been adapted to fit a broader audience. For all questions and clarifications, please refer to the “Notes” sections of each slide. Note: presenters are not able to receive CEU credits for giving this presentation; however, audience members are able to receive two CEU credits to certify the ethics requirement.

    • “Tools and Resources” Spotlight: Safety Assessment Tool: SAPR personnel and first responders can use the Safety Assessment Tool when deciding whether a survivor is likely to be in imminent danger (i.e., high risk of harm) that requires rapid and assertive action intervention from law enforcement and healthcare providers. Through open-ended questions, SAPR personnel can assess if survivors pose a risk of harm to one's self or others and what safety planning and protection interventions may be needed. If using this tool, SAPR personnel should explain the purpose of the assessment to survivors; carefully read each item and the concluding statement to the survivor and ensure that all written responses are clear and readable; and tell survivors that their responses are voluntary and confidential. Learn more about the Safety Assessment Tool and the Policy Toolkit at

    • Updated D-SAACP Frequently Asked Questions: Read through the D-SAACP Frequently Asked Questions to find updated material consistent with changes to the DoDI 6495.03 in the "Tools and Resources" tab.

    • Now Available – NOVA Presentations and RADM Ann Burkhardt’s Speech: Did you miss last month’s National Organization for Victim Assistance Training Event? Check out four of the presentations delivered by SAPRO and read RADM Burkhardt’s opening address. Click on the links below to download today! RADM Ann Burkhardt’s opening address delivered at NOVA’s 43rd Annual Training Event DoD Safe Helpline – The First Step on the Path to Reporting and Accessing Services Sexual Assault Reporting and Retaliation DoD’s Approach to Prevention Responding to Male Sexual Assault: State of the Science Professionalizing Victim Advocacy

      What's New Archives

      • Check out SAPR Connect: Do you know about SAPR Connect, the Department's only virtual Community of Practice (CoP) dedicated to sexual assault prevention? SAPR Connect is located on milSuite, the DoD's CAC-enabled and secure social media site.

        To join today:

        • New to milSuite? Contact Ms. Josephine C. Montoya at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get information on how to register using your CAC.
        • Have a milSuite account? Simply search for "DoD SAPR Connect" on milBook to request membership.
      • Now Available – FY16 Annual Report Fact Sheet: Find the Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) Annual Report Fact Sheet under the “Tools & Resources” tab on SAPR Source. This overview provides key highlights and statistics from the DoD FY16 Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military and 2016 Workplace and Gender Relations Survey of Active Duty Members (WGRA), including top line results and the Department’s way forward.

      • New SAPRO Director: RADM Ann M. Burkhardt was appointed Director, DoD SAPRO on 5 April 2017. Check out her official bio here.

      • Honoring Exceptional SARCs: Congratulations to the six 2017 Exceptional SARC Award recipients recognized in April! Read the article here.

      • New Support for Male Survivors: As of May 14, 2017, the DoD Safe Helpline hosts Safe HelpRoom sessions for military men every Sunday from 1300-1500 EST. These sessions provide men with a confidential and anonymous space to connect and share their experiences with other survivors. Download the flyer here.

      • New Safe Helpline Resource: As of June 12, 2017, the DoD Safe Helpline offers a new anonymous, self-paced, online program called Building Hope & Resiliency: Addressing the Effects of Sexual Assault. This resource is specially designed to help restore resiliency in cadets, midshipmen, and other Service members who may have been victims of sexual assault or abuse prior to entering military service. To explore this new 24/7 resource for survivors, check it out on or the Safe Helpline app. The course has been approved for 1 D-SAACP CEU.

      • Thank You, Military Monday Morning Attendees! DoD SAPRO hosted nearly 600 members of the DoD SAPR Community at Military Monday Morning, a pre-conference event at last month’s National Organization for Victim Assistance Training Event in San Diego, CA. THANK YOU for your overwhelming participation, questions, and insights from the field. Your feedback will help inform program enhancements as we continue to work together to address military sexual assault.

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    The Department is committed to being a national leader in preventing and responding to sexual assault.

    DoD and each of the military Services have issued policy to assure compliance with our mission and the rule of military law. DoD Directive 6495.01 establishes the broad policy parameters of the SAPR Program for the Department.

    Check out the Policy webpage on for information and resources on SAPR policy.


    Want to better understand SAPR policy? Download the Policy Summaries regarding Victim Transfer Processes and Cases Investigated by Civilian Law Enforcement.

    Frequently Asked Questions


    Is a dependent victim (17 or younger) sexually assaulted by a non-family member or non-custodial perpetrator, covered by SAPR policy? (Ex: 15-year-old dependent sexually assaulted by a neighbor or a 15-year-old classmate)

    No. Per DoDI 6495.02, Applicability (a)(3) only military dependents 18 and older who are eligible for treatment in the Military Health System, and who were victims of sexual assault perpetrated by someone other than a spouse or intimate partner are covered under the SAPR program. The SARC will refer to the Family Advocacy Program (FAP). While FAP covers children who are sexually assaulted by a parent of caregiver, per DoDI 6400.01, Family Advocacy Program, February 13, 2015, page 2, subsection "e", It is policy to "[p]rovide appropriate resource and referral information to persons who are not covered by this instruction, who are victims of alleged child abuse or domestic abuse."

    Does the Case Management Group (CMG) Chair have to be a military member?

    Yes. Per DoDI 6495.02, the intent that the CMG Chair be a military member is expressed in the use of the language "installation commander" or "deputy installation commander" as having the responsibility to chair the CMG. The DoDI 6495.02 use of the "installation commander or deputy installation commander" stands on the assumption that these billets are occupied by military members.

    However, the DoDI 6495.02 recognizes there are instances where the billet of “Chief of Staff” serves as the “deputy installation commander” and that the Chief of Staff may be a civilian. In the latter situation, if the Chief of Staff possesses the requisite authorities associated with the billet, then they are in compliance with the DoDI 6495.02 intent. Looking at it from a policy perspective, the most important variable is the ability for the CMG Chair to direct, through authority, the "action" of stakeholders in those instances a victim of sexual assault is not getting the care/support they need.

    Does DoD SAPRO decide which SARC has access to DSAID?

    No. Access into DSAID is determined at the Service SAPR Headquarter level per the Service SAPR policy. Inquiries regarding access to DSAID should be directed to the Service SAPR Headquarters.

    Does the CMG automatically transfer when a victim is granted an Expedited Transfer?

    No. Whether or not the CMG transfers in an Expedited Transfer depends on two variables. First, the victim receiving the Expedited Transfer must elect to continue to receive the SAPR advocacy services of a SARC or SAPR VA at the new installation. Second, there is an ongoing criminal investigation and legal proceeding at the prior installation.

    • If the victim wants continued advocacy services, then the CMG generally transfers with the victim, unless there is a special reason to keep the CMG at the original location.
    • If the victim declines ongoing advocacy, but the criminal case is ongoing, then the CMG remains at the original location.
    • If there are no continuing advocacy services requested and the criminal case is closed, then there are no further CMGs.
  • CEU Credits Event Date Time Location
    Building Hope & Resiliency: Addressing the Effects of Sexual Assault (Online Program) Self-paced N/A Safe HelpRoom
    Sexual Assault Prevention Awareness Self-paced N/A
    DoD Safe HelpRoom Male Survivor Session 14 January 2018 1300-1500 Safe HelpRoom
    DSAID News and Notes Webinar 16 January 2018 1000-1100 Adobe Connect or dial in 877-885-1087 (US/Canada) or 360-347-7805 (Int’l), Conference Code: 6136769163#
    DoD Safe HelpRoom Male Survivor Session 21 January 2018 1300-1500 Safe HelpRoom
    DoD Safe HelpRoom Male Survivor Session 28 January 2018 1300-1500 Safe HelpRoom

    This symbol denotes events that offer continuing education unit (CEU) hours that can be used for renewing your DoD Sexual Assault Advocate Certification Program (D-SAACP) credentials.

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